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Introducing, the new Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Introducing LACBC’s new Executive Director, Tamika Butler!

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 11.50.10 PMAfter an extensive national search, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has selected Tamika Butler to lead LACBC into the next phase of continued growth as we further our mission to make the Los Angeles region a healthy, safe and fun place to ride a bike.

“I’m really proud of the process and results of the search and couldn’t be more excited about Tamika as our next Executive Director,” says LACBC Board President Steve Boyd. “Tamika is the ideal leader to write LACBC’s next chapter.”

Tamika brings to LACBC a proven track record of sustainably expanding and running programs and organizations, as well as a policy and advocacy background. She spent three years as an employment lawyer at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and most recently comes from Liberty Hill Foundation, where she was the Director of Social Change Strategies. She first made her mark in Los Angeles as the California Director at the startup policy and advocacy organization Young Invincibles, where she managed the west coast regional staff, was the media and policy spokesperson, organized and led coalitions, developed curriculum and trainings, and fundraised to expand the organization’s presence on the west coast. She also developed relationships with community leaders and state and local lawmakers to advance the organization’s policy goals.

“I am thrilled to have the privilege to become the next Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and look forward to continuing the success, growth and cutting edge Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 11.50.27 PMwork of the organization. Biking in Los Angeles County has personally changed my life and deepens my love of the region every time I go for a ride. We’re lucky to live and bike in a county full of diverse communities that motivate this talented staff and me to push towards building a healthier, more vibrant Los Angeles County. I am excited to start pedaling, dig deep, and get to work with our members and partners, within and across sectors, as we race to the front lines of the nationwide movement to create bikeable, safe and sustainable neighborhoods.” One of Tamika’s top priorities is to grow the diversity of LACBC staff and coalition membership.

When Jen Klausner started as Executive Director in 2007, there was only one other employee at headquarters and it was a real struggle to keep doors open. Jen and the organization faced an uphill battle at City Hall to pass the Los Angeles Bicycle Plan and get pavement striped with room for bikes. Seven years later, under her leadership, there are now twelve employees working on your behalf with a LOT of successes! Our growing roster of twelvelocal chapters will extend that reach even further as we strive to more fully represent the diversity of those who bicycle and want to bicycle in all neighborhoods across Los Angeles County. Tamika brings deep experience in social justice work and looks forward to working with the full range of communities across the county. We couldn’t be more excited.

Jen says, “Our new Executive Director Tamika Butler brings a fresh perspective to the leadership of LACBC, and one that is so relevant to the growth of the bike-ped movement and to important dialogues happening here and in cities across the nation. I am confident in Tamika’s ability to take LACBC to the next level, and I, for one, will be staying tuned and keeping my membership current, because this organization is poised to do great things in the coming years. Please join me in extending a very warm welcome to Tamika!”

Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles, agrees that Tamika will make a great Executive Director: “Tamika is a dynamic, innovative leader who will be a huge asset to the LACBC team. She brought Young Invincibles to new heights and I know that she’ll do the same in her new role!”

We look forward to introducing Tamika to our members, partners and supporters at the first available opportunity in January. Look for announcements of those opportunities in our weekly newsletter, on the website, and through Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget—as part of our end of year campaign, any donation at the $250 level and above will get you an invitation to our January 22nd Donor Thank You Party—an intimate gathering with our brand new Executive Director, Tamika Butler, in attendance. Hope to see you there!

Exhibition UCLA Fowler Museum “Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891″

We are woking on planning a group ride to the exhibitor early 2015.

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Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891—on display at the Fowler Museum from Dec. 14, 2014–Apr. 5, 2015—features forty-two circular black-and-white photographs taken by the cyclists and reproduced from recently scanned negatives held by the UCLA Library Special Collections. The images track a year on the road between Athens, Greece, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and their accompanying captions are based on Sachtleben’s meticulous notes, written on the envelopes that contained each original negative.

In the summer of 1890, two young Americans, William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen, Jr., set off to circle the globe on new-fangled “safety” bicycles. Three years later, after pedaling some 18,000 miles across three continents, their harrowing tales of adventure made them international celebrities. Their timely championing of the bicycle helped spark the great bike boom of the mid-1890s, which transformed cycling from an elitist, male-dominated pastime into a wildly popular means of recreation and transportation for all. Along the way, Sachtleben and Allen chronicled their adventures with two novel compact Kodak film cameras, heralding a new “democratic” era for photography, as well.

The photographs vividly convey what the two adventurers experienced as they pedaled across barren dirt roads, river crossings, mountain passes, and volcanic terrains, encountering peoples and cultures entirely foreign to them. The scenes of everyday life also reflect how the locals—many of whom had never before seen a Westerner or a bicycle—reacted to them and to the marvelous technologies that were destined to change ancient ways of life.

During their three-year journey, Sachtleben and Allen traversed Europe, Asia, and North America and recorded some 1,200 circular images on 3.5-inch nitrate negatives. Only about a third of the negatives are known to have survived, and these are now part of the Sachtleben Collection kept since 1984 by UCLA Special Collections. The negatives were scanned in 2013—a complicated process, given their fragile and combustible state.

The exhibition features four of the countries Sachtleben and Allen toured in 1891, arranged chronologically: Greece, Turkey, Persia (Iran), and the Russian Empire (Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). Approximately ten images have been selected from each country, and enlarged to 20” in diameter.


Exhibition Credits:
Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891 
is organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA and co-sponsored by the UCLA Library Special Collections. The guest-curator is David V. Herlihy, historian and author of Bicycle: The History and Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance.

Additional Information
The Fowler Museum at UCLA is one of the country’s most respected institutions devoted to exploring the arts and cultures of Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas. The Fowler is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m.; and on Thursdays, from noon until 8 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Fowler Museum, part of UCLA Arts, is located in the north part of the UCLA campus. Admission is free. Parking is available for a maximum of $12 in Lot 4. For more information, the public may call 310 825-4361 or visit fowler.ucla.edu.

Spoke Event Saturday, Bikeshare, Bike Action Plan Updates & PARTY!

Join us Saturday afternoon for an Update & Input Meeting, followed by a family friendly Party to celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of our Bike Action Plan

Please join us
DAY /DATE:    Saturday, November 22rd
TIME:              3:00pm Updates, Input & Discussion
immediately followed by BIKE ACTION PLAN PARTY
PLACE:            1640 5th Street, SM (south of EXPO)
- Private outdoor courtyard - please dress accordingly

Please RSVP@SMSpoke.org

We will be joined by special guests, City staff and local leaders to give updates and gather input on recently approved Bikeshare contract, Bike Action Plan Implementations: completed and in the pipeline, KIDICAL MASS, SAMOHI SRTS & MANGo Progress, EXPO & Colorado Esplanade, DTSM Projects, and more! As always YOUR INPUT is most valuable in this process.

SOBI Bikeshare bike will be there for you to check out!

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Exhibition: “Reimagining Santa Monica Airport – Part 1″

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You are invited to join Airport 2 Park for the exhibition
“Reimagining Santa Monica Airport – Part 1″
- for one night only

When:    Thursday October 23rd
Time:      6-9pm
Where:   Writers Boot Camp Gallery, Bergamot Station #1,
2525 Michigan Avenue, for one night only.
*Car pooling is encouraged bicycle valet will be provided by Santa Monica Spoke.

The Exhibition will feature the work of USC graduate landscape architect students, Christopher Sison, Chen Liu, Zeek Magallanes and Yongdan Chunyu who under the direction of internationally renowned landscape architect Aroussiak Gabrielian (FORGROUND Design) took a practical approach in choosing bicycles for the their site visit to Santa Monica Airport where they started working on a three month project to design a park to replace the controversial facility. The tour was lead by Airport2Park.org, a coalition of community groups and neighbors that formed to promote the creation of a great park on the land that is currently Santa Monica Airport. The exhibition is curated by Professor Michael Brodsky of Loyola Marymount University, Founding member of Airport2Park.

Professor Brodsky says this about the exhibition, “Very few people have actually seen the potential beauty and space that is currently fenced and covered with asphalt on the Santa Monica airport property. This site has such great potential for a park with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Hollywood Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains that are currently only seen by the very few people that use it now.

“I feel that once people see this exhibition of talented graduate landscape architecture students, they will view the Santa Monica Airport site in an entirely new context; as one that can serve many more people in a variety of creative, healthy and sustainable ways than is currently served by the present industrial use.”

For additional information go to Airport 2 Park 

Santa Monica Malibu School Students Get READY TO ROLL for BIKE IT! WALK IT! Week

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One again Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) students and staff are getting out their bikes, scooters, skateboards and walking shoes in preparation for Bike It! Walk It! Week, October 7th -10th 2014.  

This year’s motto is “Bike It! Walk It! Every Week!”

Approximately 30 percent of District students at 14 different schools participate in the event, avoiding approximately 12,000 car trips.

The community is invited to join us this Saturday, October 4th for a Free Bike Rodeo (hosted at McKinley) to help prepare students to Get READY TO RIDE this week and every week! We love this year’s motto “Bike It! Walk It! Every Week!”  that encourages students, staff and parents to walk, bike, scoot, skate or take the bus at least one “car-free” day per week. Beautiful!

Bike It! Walk It! and Safe Routes to School programs have been a collaboration and partnership between the City of Santa Monica, the District, Parent Teacher Association and supported by Santa Monica Spoke and other great community leaders. These efforts are to promote health, safety, environmental, and community benefits and improve safety by reduce traffic congestion near schools.
Bike It! Walk It! supports community engagement through environmentally friendly programing.

This year’s motto is “Bike It! Walk It! Every Week!”  Roosevelt Elementary will begin the week with a Bike It Walk It Day on Tuesday, October 7.  Schools celebrating Bike it! Walk it! Day on Wednesday, October 8 include Lincoln Middle School, Olympic High School, Franklin Elementary and Santa Monica High School.  The remaining SMMUSD schools will participate on Friday, October 10, including Will Rogers Learning Community, Edison Language Academy, Grant Elementary, John Muir Elementary/Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH), Franklin Elementary, Juan Cabrillo Elementary, Point Dume Marine Science School, John Adams Middle School, and Malibu High School.

We Support AB 1532 Hit & Run License Suspension, Assemblymember Gatto

Supporting Finish The Ride, an organization that is building a movement to raise awareness of hit and runs in California.  Supporting AB 1532 is just one part of Finish the Ride’s larger efforts to stem the rising epidemic of hit and run crimes across California.


 

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A community group dedicated
to walking & biking in Santa Monica.
Working to make the City of Santa Monica a
more sustainable, walkable
bikeable place to live, work and play.

June 10, 2014

The Honorable Mike Gatto
State Assemblymember, 43rd District
State Capitol, Room 2114
Sacramento, CA 94249

RE: AB 1532 (Gatto): Hit-and-Run License Suspension: Support

Dear Assemblymember Gatto,

On behalf of Santa Monica Spoke, a Santa Monica walking and biking advocacy organization, I write in support of AB 1532, which would suspend the driver’s license of persons involved in a misdemeanor hit-and-run when a person has been struck.

With the alarming increase of hit-and-run incidents around the state, LA County and in the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Spoke has been working to increase the safety of people walking and biking in our city as well as awareness to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists up-and-down our state.

AB 1532 would provide a much needed deterrent to those who would strike people walking and biking and drive away, showing no concern for their fellow citizens. It is a measured approach that will help in the work that our group and other pedestrian and cycling groups do every day to make our streets safer.

For these reasons, Santa Monica Spoke is proud to support AB 1532

Sincerely,

Cynthia Rose
Director
Santa Monica Spoke

cc: Members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Tom Ammiano, Chairman

LACBC’s Empowering Local Advocates Series, Workshop 2 MEMBERSHIP

Empowing Local AdvocatesWorkshop #2 (MEMBERSHIP) is scheduled for next week, Tuesday April 29th as part of LACBC’s Empowering Local Advocates Series. These workshops are designed to empower YOU – designed to give you all the tools you need to be stronger advocates to help our mission locally and for all our Local Chapters! HELP US SPREAD THE LOVE OF BIKING AND BIKE CULTURE IN OUR CITY and help us as an organization extend our reach, and grow our membership!

Refreshments will be provided - mingle with bike ambassadors throughout the city, local chapters, and other passionate volunteers. Hope to see you there!

We have grown as an organization to 11 Local Chapters throughout the County of Los Angeles and 5 Bike Ambassador programs in City of LA. With so much going on, LACBC HQ wants to help empower YOU to advocate in your local capacity.

Join us for the second workshop of the series – MEMBERSHIP
DATE:      April 29th 
TIME:      6:30 – 8:OOPM
WHERE:  LACBC HQ, 634 Spring Street, Edison Room 

Help us extend our reach in a county of 10 million people. Learn how to engage interested stakeholders about what we do as an organization and help grow our membership base.

At this workshop you will learn:

- Why we are membership-based
- What membership benefits are
- How this advances advocacy locally
- How to sell membership
- What our Bike Month and Membership Drive opportunities are

The website has been updated to include March’s “OUTREACH” workshop presentation for those who were not able to attend. Also you can refer to this page to get updates on the presentations and updated event flyers for each future workshop.

Please RSVP here and spread the word!! Please contact Alek@la-bike.org with any questions Facebook event.

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ANNENBERG COMMUNITY BEACH HOUSE 5th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

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An Open House Celebration that Invites the Public to Stop by and Discover this Community Gem

On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, the City of Santa Monica will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Annenberg Community Beach House, a 5-acre public beach facility nestled along the Santa Monica coastline, with spectacular ocean views, a children’s playground, art gallery, historic pool, and the original Marion Davies Guest House. This weekend-long community open house will feature a variety of free family-friendly programs including beach activities and games; fitness and ballroom-style dance classes; music and dance performances; tours of the historic Guest House and grounds; and more.

WHAT: This two-day celebration invites visitors to stop by and enjoy one of the City’s community treasures. With free programs and activities happening throughout the weekend, guests are encouraged to drop in and check out the fun. From a morning yoga class, to an interactive bubble making show, or a sunset picnic and screening of silent comedy Show People starring Marion Davies, the celebration offers an exciting array of activities with something for everyone to enjoy. Guests are encouraged to bike or walk to the Beach House, since parking is extremely limited. Free bike valet will be

provided. Additional public parking lots are located to the north and south of the Beach House.

WHEN:  Saturday, April 26 // 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.*
Sunday, April 27 // 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*
*Please note different event end times

WHERE: Annenberg Community Beach House 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica

SEE FULL PROGRAM LIST OF BOTH DAYS EVENTS HERE

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It’s Almost here, CicLAvia April 6 2014: Iconic Wilshire Blvd

Open streets and the opportunity to explore one of the most legendary boulevards in Los Angeles car free by foot, bike, skates or other non-motorized transport marks the April 6th, 2014 CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.… the most walkable CicLAvia route ever!

SM Spoke, Santa Monica feeder ride information here. As usual we plan to start at the top of the Santa Monica Pier.

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Click here to download a printable map    

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard transforms one of the legendary thoroughfares of Los Angeles on April 6. CicLAvia is open to the public and free of charge. Registration is not required and there is no starting or ending point along the route.
From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard offers six miles of car-free, open streets and participants can join the fun at any point along the route.

Wilshire Boulevard was first carved out as a long path through a barley field in 1895. While its beginnings were humble, this path has transformed into one of the most notable boulevards in all of the United States. From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on CicLAvia day, participants can stroll through a snapshot of the city’s architectural evolution from Victorian vision to modernist experimentation; massive towers of business to intimate houses of worship; world class museums to working class mercados.

The CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard route will connect One Wilshire in Downtown Los Angeles to Fairfax Avenue along Miracle Mile. These two anchor hubs will feature pedestrian zones with performers, activities sponsored by several fantastic museums, programming by some of our community partners, food trucks and more. Additional hubs along the route include MacArthur Park, Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire.

No matter how you plan your trip, take advantage of CicLAvia’s free downloadable stories on Wilshire Boulevard and “The Modernist’s Guide to Iconic Wilshire Boulevard”, which are sure to enrich your experience as you travel through a snapshot of the city’s architectural evolution.

For info and options on WalkLAvia click here

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA to Santa Monica FAST! See detour info below
Metro 720 route DT Santa Monica south, Venice Blvd to downtown & Union Station
Light Rail: Connect to the Expo Line Culver City Station (timetable) then 
Big Blue Bus Rapid 20 to DT SM, Rapid 12 (to Westwood) or Route 12 (Westwood and Palms)
Bike Venice Blvd Bike lane west.  

Metro 733  Wilshire Blvd from downtown LA

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Rapid 10: CicLAvia Detour 4/6

 We encourage riders to participate in the event and to follow BBB’s bicycle guidelines when bringing a bike on board the bus.
Rapid 10 buses will be on detour in Downtown LA and from the first to last trip of the day on Sunday, April 6.
Towards Santa Monica
Regular route to Flower St. at 6th St., then buses will detour and turn left 6th St., right on Grand Ave. and resume regular route. The following bus stops will be missed:
  • Wilshire Blvd. at Hope St.; instead use stop on Flower St. at 5th St.
  • Wilshire Blvd. at Grand Ave.; instead use stop on Grand Ave. at 9th St.
Towards Downtown Los Angeles
Regular route to Olive St. at 7th St., then buses will detour and continue on Olive St., turn left on 5th St., right on Figueroa St. and resume regular route. The following bus stops will be missed:
  • 7th St. at Olive St., Hope St., and Figueroa St.; instead use stops on Olive St. at 9th St. or Figueroa St. at 5th St.
  • Figueroa St. at 6th St.; instead use stop on Figueroa St. at 5th St.
For assistance planning your trip, call Customer Service at 310-451-5444.
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